Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

Manicured lawns are for morons

Coneflower seed heads in the winter. One memorable year my gardens were neatly trimmed and raked in the fall before the snow fell. It's wonderful to enjoy the first warm spring days and last days of school working outdoors. The birds eat from the standing perennials all winter.

A flock of goldfinches eating from wildflower seed heads. Not mowing all your grass down to nubs is beneficial and frees up a ton of great summer hours.

A bird ate a section of this coneflower seed head. Lazy gardening equates to free bird food.

More on lawn reform…


2 responses

  1. hve

    Nice, Melissa. We still have too much lawn for my taste but do leave all the perennials standing until spring. Great images!

    January 7, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    • melissakoski

      We let a little bit of the lawn grow out each year, but we’ve had neighbors complain….despite it being a 2.5 acre lot! The deer love to lay in the longer grass (:

      I do LOVE the look of the already clean gardens though, especially after the warm spell we just had.

      January 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm


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